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An ABC of the Battle of the Atlantic

A conflict that impacted every part of Canada

Of particular interest to Secondary Socials teachers.

The Battle of the Atlantic was more than just dates and ship loss statistics. It was a conflict that impacted every part of Canada; Canada's navy grew from a few ships to hundreds, thousands of young men and women joined the service, Canadian cities took on new and critically important roles, many new industries developed; technologies and sciences advanced at a rapid pace. As in WWI, women took on an increasingly vital role. Canadian life took on a new dimension, young men saw countries they'd only read about, or heard about from their grandparents. Every aspect of life was impacted; therefore teaching a subject should not exclude the embracement of other disciplines, rather they should be considered as enrichments.


Celebrate Teen Read Week with Simon & Schuster

A YALSA literacy initiative

The site offers many new titles, as well as reading lists by category. Some allow you to read the first chapter as a teaser. (Consider using the preview chapter as a read-aloud!)

Teen Read Week is a literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It's an annual event, which is held the third week in October (October 14-20, 2012).

"It Came From the Library®", (YALSA's 2012 Teen Read Week theme), offers a fun and simple way to show off what's lurking in your stacks! Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere!

As a bonus:
Find some discussion questions and topics for the following books: (Scroll down each page to view the questions.)


Choices Reading Lists

Selected "favorite" recently published books

Each year, thousands of children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the US select their favorite recently published books for the "Choices" reading lists. These lists are used in classrooms, libraries, and homes to help young readers find books they will enjoy.

There are three sets available: Children's Choices, Young Adults'
Choices, and Teachers' Choices.

Sample: Children's 2012 list


Reading Rewards - online reading program

Reading Incentive Program

I haven't tried this, but it looks interesting. It seems to combine some of the featurs of LibraryThing, but in a more sheltered environment.

Reading Rewards is a reading incentive program with a little something for all kids. Designed to encourage reluctant readers by rewarding time spent reading in various ways, Reading Rewards also has tools for eager readers who want to share their reading experiences in a fun, online community.


Celebrate Halloween! - ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink has some great web suggestions

RWT has some lesson plan ideas along with some great weblinks for further exploration. Go to the RWT site, or look below for some fun sites to visit.

  • This online magazine is a great place to research the history of Halloween and includes a link for a few classroom activities.

  • Elementary students in the United States and Canada share their language arts activities .
  • This page from provides an annotated list of books about Halloween.
  •  Library of Congress American Memory website features primary documents related to Halloween, including interviews, folk tales, and audio files.  
  • This site provides a variety of halloween activities in many different content areas.

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Writer's Workshop Mini Lessons

Writing Mini Lessons For Primary Grades

Some useful resources and handouts straight from the primary classroom!
Not only does Jessica Meacham have great writing mini-lessons, but if you go back to her main site, you'll see an index to many other ideas she has to share.

Visit the F.A.Q. section of my web site for answers to common questions that I have received about my approach to Writer's Workshop.  The lessons on this page reflect the lessons that I've used with Kindergarteners and First Graders.   If you wish to see the progression of minilessons from 2008-2009, check out my Planning Guides page.  Each year is different, and I change things up based on student needs.